The sun shined brightly above the royal city of Glaedwine. This capital of Glaedwine was around a thousand-kilometer square, and about to reach ten million in population.
Like most royal cities, Glaedwine Capital has three rings of walls. Outside the outer circle were houses for commoners, farming area, and many activities for supporting the economic interest of Glaedwine. It covered about sixty percent of the capital area.
Behind the outer ring mainly use for housing, houses of civil servants, merchants, and markets for many higher grades good. Most kingdom soldiers and their family also stayed here. Small guilds conveniently established their headquarters here.
The Southern area was designated for housing. The Eastern region was market and central economic sectors such as lodging, restaurants, blacksmithing central, apothecaries, and many more. Renowned guilds, such as Magi Guild, Alchemist Guild, Painter Guild, Blacksmith Guild, Engineer Guild, Sword & Shield Guild, Array & Formation Master Guild were all converged here.
The North area was military compounds, with their training fields. Grandfather’s office was somewhere in this area.
The Western area holds religious, education and leisure. The Temple of Goddess Cassia Luna was standing magnificently and guarded by the Gray Moon Paladins those are not by any mean less fierce than our Glaedwine Royal Knights.
Here also stood the famed Glaedwine Royal Magic and Knight Academy, which pursued by all teens all over the country as their dream place to learn and study magic or knighthood. That said, the academy was as old as the kingdom itself, around five thousand years of inheritance — many of its graduates already created significant records in the history of Glaedwine.
There were many gardens and a small forest between the outer and middle ring of walls, making all area took up about thirty-six percent of the capital city’s space.
Behind the middle ring of the wall, there was a lush jungle with some tall building between, until they reached the inner circle of the wall.
These buildings are served as vital governmental units or offices. Many ministries were built here, and they lived with their family and close relatives as well. Dukes and grand dukes have their summer pavilions here, either just for staying when His Majesty the King summoned them or just when they want to have remained in the capital city. These areas only took about less than four percent of the capital’s land.
The last, the central area, stood tall and magnificent, a grandiose Royal Palace of Glaedwine. About sixty-six-kilometer square and a ten-stories castle. I heard among many kingdoms around, our royal palace still considered as a small-build palace. The king and royal families lived here from generation to generation.
Well, since royal families within this grand castle, if you asked whether this handsome ‘accidentally’ prince also lived in here? The answer was yes, we lived here for a couple of days.
Initially, our families—grandfather and grandmother have each their own spaces—to live here within the central area. When my father and mother married, they move in a single domain.
So, I was born within the royal palace, and literally breathed the air of royalty. Even then titled as a prince by His Majesty the King. Yet I am not a real royalty, and I am not so far from a bona fide one.
At first, I thought everything would be okay, live daily just like this, wake up, milk, sleep, then wake up again–eh, what else you would expect from a baby’s life? Everything was in harmony until the fire sorceress attacked.
Well, I mean it; she was crowned as the strongest magi in the whole kingdom. The fire witch, the master of ten thousand flames, the grand protector of Glaedwine, Arrijana Adelina!
She was a childhood friend of both my father and my mother, so she was in her twenties. I heard she was a beauty that can make the prettiest roses dropped in shame. She was a talented and hardworking student at Royal Magic and Knight Academy, rose quickly in rank in magic power and skills. Her fame then couldn’t be restrained. Soon she stood firmly on the highest throne of magic community within the kingdom, Arrijana Adelina, the Archimage of ten thousand flames.
Arrijana Adelina was a living legend, and she could almost accomplish anything, except yes that was to marry my father.
When my mother heard Arrijana’s return from the maid, she whispered softly to me while nursed me, “Oh, you know Eiwa, someone interesting will come soon, she is your mother’s strongest rival.” My mother gave a small chuckle.
Even I was yet to be able seeing in clarity, I could still hear clearly. A fast, steady, yet soft steps could be heard coming to our room. Well, it was earlier than just soon, it just too fast.
“Is he she or he?” An excited voice came precisely as the sound of the opened door could be heard.
“Sister, you just come, and that strange question was all in your mind?” Mother gave a small laugh. “Of course, he is a ‘he.’”
‘What a strange choice of wording.’
“Let me look at him.”
And I felt a hand touched my face; it was warm and soft.
“Oh, he has your eyes, poor baby, those make him look a bit ugly. Fortunately, he has his father face, so he unquestionably has a great look in the future. So, it still acceptable.”
‘O lady, you can just say something nice, can’t you? Even I haven’t bought a mirror; I can feel my own handsomeness unparalleled under the sky. You can’t say something to injustice my look. Be careful when I have my legal right, I may sue you for unpleasant speak.’ I grumbled within my mind.
“Sister, you can’t say something like that.”
“Why can’t I?”
“Well, I wouldn’t defend if you said that my eyes don’t give an attractive look. But, aren’t our eyes look pretty similar? Saying something like that isn’t the same as saying that yours are…”
‘Aha…! Good point Mom!’
“What…? Come… take a sit. You would not come back just to say that, wouldn’t you?”
Lady Adeline then took a seat beside my mom, while she still petted my head.
“Sister, I got unsettling news. It seemed a peculiar group outside there targeting the life of your family. I am yet to know who was behind all this. I’ll make sure; they will not succeed, and make sure that they definitely will get a good beating.”
Lady Adelina seemed very serious, with her fist and palm punched each other. I could feel her anger permeated in the air.
But, who would waste his or her time by trying to ruin this handsome prince’s life?